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Subject: Re: [docbook-apps] Customizing and creating a stylesheet for docbook using the XML Mind or Oxygen XML Editor

Hi Daniel,

You might want to look at the MySQL documentation system, described on this page:


The MySQL Guide to Documentation linked from that page provides an overview of how we set up and handle DocBook things. There are also links for downloading the tool set and the mysqldoc repository which you can use to look at and learn from how to set up your own books.

The tool set requires a Unix-like system; in theory, it will run on Windows as well, but in practice all our writers use either Linux, Mac OS X, or a Linux virtual machine on Windows.

Even if you end up using a different system (say, Ant-based) it's probably worth looking at the Guide to Documentation. We've been using DocBook for all MySQL documentation since 2004, and we have a lot of content to handle.

Most of our writers use Oxygen XML Editor, some use vi or Emacs. Oxygen has validation and transformation built in, but it's not trivial to automate things, and this one of the reasons why we use our own set of tools. The tool set is based on a few select open source components (make, XML tools, Perl, FOP) which makes it easy to run the tools on any (non-Windows) computer.



On 17.01.2012 09:43, daniel.keyes@finaris.de wrote:

currently my company is thinking about transferring its user
documentation into XML and docbook.
Since we are an IT company, XML and programming in general is not a
problem. But: We cannot find and adjust the stylesheet needed to create
our custom documentation.
We are currently setting up a prototype for our documentation, following
the instructions from Walsh´s "DocBook 5: The definitive Guide" and
working with the XML Mind Editor and a trial version of "OXYGEN Editor".

Basically, we are satisfied with the results and trust in docbooks
function (since having lots of trouble with Word), but the lacking
it really hard to come up with a sample documentation/ prototype .Each
file we open has at least one reference to a website we cannot open and
dozens of files that don´t exist or are really hard to find. We checked
the regular docbook.zip from the docbook homepage, but also all files of
the respective editors. (Is there something as a "default" Docbook
editor that you would propose?)

Can anyone give me some advice, a link or even a how-to for adjusting
the docbook stylesheet? Personally, I would love to use docbook for our
user documentation, simply for the additional features it has compared
to other text processing program, but only if I can adjust the
appearance. Especially regarding corporate identity this is absolutely

Thanks and with best regards,

D. Keyes

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